Monday, 27 January 2020

Best dressed boxed notecards tutorial

Back today with another super easy and fun way to gift the stunning Best dressed 3x3 note cards. A simple flip over pizza style box decorated with the striking Best Dressed designer series paper. The paper does all the work here to make a simple box look like a very special gift.

I love the simplicity of this and have already sent out two sets of these to crafty friends as gifts. Bothe useful AND pretty.. what more could you need.

I do have a fun step by step tutorial for this project so you can re create this yourself . You will find all the measurments and the products used listed below.

Happy stamping xxxx Amanda

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Cut card to 4 3/4 x 83/4"
short side score at 3/4 - 4"
long side score at3/4 - 4 - 4 3/4 - 8"
dsp layer 3 x 3 " 

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Easy notecard gift set tutorial

Making boxes for notecards is one of my favourite things to craft. This little fold over flap gift box is so simple to create you can easily make these no matter what your experience level is in crafting.

This project is the perfect gift box for those cute 3x3 notecards and makes for an in expensive gift for any occasion.

I used the Best dressed notecards which only need simple decoration to complete. Then created this co-ordinating gift box using the best dressed papers. The sentiment is from the stamp set of the same suite. There are some great sentiments in this set, I chose the Happy Mothers day knowing I could easily punch it out with the classic label punch. making my life easier and my sentiment straight for certain.

I have a fun and full step by step tutorial on this project so you can give it a try. I will leave the measurements and items used below for you .. with all the work done all you need do is have some fun creating.

Happy crafting xxx Amanda

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cut card to 9 1/2 x 6 1/4"
on long side score at 1/2 - 1 - 1 1/2 - 5 - 5 1/2 - 6"
on short side 3/4 - 4 1/4 - 4 3/4"
dip layers 3 1/4 x 3 1/4" or 3 x 3" if you want to be more frugal.

Saturday, 25 January 2020

Team Scrimpy blog hop Under My Umbrella

Today I am blog hopping with some of my team to share ideas using products from or new Spring/ Summer catalogue.

I must admit I got distracted and kinda left this a tad late and in a blind panic chose the first set to hand. The awesome under my umbrella bundle. As you may know I love stamp and punch bundles so this for me is a must. The co-ordination is perfect. Punches are less hassle for me thank dies and great for those who don't have a die cutting machine... I love to collect punches they are my guilty pleasure.

Here is my card you will find links below to the other ladies in the hop and their beautiful creations so please do hop along and check them out.

 I used watercolour techniques on my card. Doing a smooshed background, flicking paint over the top than adding stamped, water coloured then punched out elements.

The sentiment is one stamp which once stamped out I separated in three parts. The border around each is created using a scrap of card dipped in black ink a simple technique to make the words stand out. The wellies are coloured with stampin blends then fussy cut. I think it looks effective. Hope you like it too and will give it a try. 

Here are the other ladies in the hop please do visit and leave words of encouragement.

Happy stamping xxx Amanda

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Peaceful Poppies four ways no 8-11 #31dayscraftchallenge

Today I am sharing several cards made from the same suite. Peaceful Poppies from Stampin' Up! is a fantastic, vibrant and versatile suite of fully co-ordinating products. Ready co-ordination makes your crafting so much easier and you cant fail to make great cards when the colours and products match perfectly. It really does make your crafting so much easier.

You can craft along with me making the last card and see the others up close in the video below.


I will be adding individual photographs after work today when the light is better. You can see them up close in the above video. Excuse the messy desk !

As we are in Sale-a-bration this means for every £45 you spend you can choose a free sale-a-bration item. The items are all listed in my web shop and links are to the left of my blog on a pc or laptop.

Have an amazing day, I shall be back shortly with more fantastic ideas for you to try

Happy stamping xxxx Amanda

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Monday, 6 January 2020

Heartfelt hand made embellishments for cardmaking.

Handmade embellishments are so much fun to make and a great way to use your stamps, punches and papers. Customised embellishments are unique and stamp your crafty personality on any project you use them on. This is another of my #31dayscraftchallenge projects to help inspire you in your own creativity.

These are made easily with the Heartfelt stamp and punch bundle from Stampin' Up!. The Punches make the job quicker and the stamps make everything co ordinate. These fab punches also co ordinate with the From My Heart speciality DSP allowing you to punch out some of the designs.

Hearts are a firm staple for any crafter a basic shape essential to any collection and versatile enough to use all year round for cardmaking and other crafty projects. The romantics amongst us can make fab Valentines projects with this set too.

I have a full process craft with me session video where you can craft along with me and make these yourself.

You will find the video below along with the list of products I used to create these fab embellishments. I do hope you will give them a try.

Huge crafty hugs xxx Amanda

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Friday, 3 January 2020

NEW Stampin' Up! Spring Summer catalogue and Sale-A-Bration is here !!!

Hurray its that special time of year agin in Stampin' Up! our Spring Summer catalogue is now live. And also this is our Sale-A-bration period which means you earn even more free product. For every £45.00 you spend you get to choose a free item from our Sale-A-Bration freebies now is THE best time for shopping Stampin' Up!.

As I write the catalogue is about to go live ... it actually goes live around 2AM GMT on January 3RD. If your a die hard why not stay up and be amongst the first to order !!

I have to mention our joining offer because this years is wayyyyy cool. So as always you get to choose £130 of product but only pay £99 and shipping is free. But EXTRA to this you get to choose one more stamp set of any value from any current catalogue for free...and you get the cute mini trimmer and paper sampler pack... you also get a great business pack with free catalogues should you wish to share your journey with others.

I am super excited at the opportunities avasilable this year and just know your going to adore this catalogue.. my top picks are the painted Poppies suite and the Parisian beauty bundle ... for the freebies...I predict the thoughtful blooms and co-ordinating punch will be top chices.

Whatever your taste there is something to suit you all in this fantastic catalogue. You can see the items in my online store at I will also share the downloadable catalogue in my aim to cut down on paper waste ( my bit for the environment) I am encouraging this option as opposed to choosing printed versions.

Watch my blog and facebook business page throughout the day for further info, updates, catalogue links and a run through of those fab freebies.

Happy crafting, huge hugs xxx Amanda

Thursday, 2 January 2020

Dresses to impress ... with Stampin' Up!

Now I am not a fancy clothes kinda girl I don't need expensive anything, but I do love perfume, make up, hand bags and heels. If you have good perfume, lipstick and heels your pretty much made.

If you have anyone amongst your family and friends who are girly too, the Dressed to Impress stamp set and DSP is a must have. What utter indulgent fun !

I wanted to keep the card simple and let the stunning Blackberry bliss colour do some of the talking. Stampin' Up! makes co-ordinating colours SOOOO easy as they list all the colours in a DSP in the catalogue, so you can pair it with the perfect card stock colour and no colour miss match … its a game changer. The colour frames the beautiful stamped images perfectly.

I do have a fun crafty chat and tutorial where I create this card kinda on the hop … I don't always know how a card will turn out when I start. I like to be as surprised as everyone else ! I will leave the video link and link to products used below... remember the new catalogue goes live January 3rd … eeeek how exciting.

Huge crafty hugs xxx Amanda

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Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Happy New Year with Parisian Beauty

As we starts an exciting brand new year, I am beginning my #31dayscraftchallenge with this beautiful Parisian theme card.

A pretty card suitable for any occasion, thank you, birthday or even as a set of beautiful notecards. The Parisian Beauty stamp set really is pretty, I love the vintage shabby feel it gives and paired with the co-ordinating DSP you will not struggle to create stunning cards.

I do have a sly giggle to myself when using this set as being from the North of England I have Blackpool tower in my head every time I see the Eifel tower. Blackpool is the place of dreams when you are a small child with the sea side and the fun rides and cotton candy... happy memories.

This stamp set is part of an entire suite of co-ordinating products called Parisian Blossoms.. a pure joy to own and work with. Why not check it out January 3rd on my online store here at

I hope you enjoy this fab fresh new year and hope all your hopes and dreams come true.

You can view a tutorial for this card over on my YouTube by following the link below, also I will share links to the products I used today 

Huge crafty hugs xxx Amanda

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